Ah, yes. The majestic Thrihyrne peaks. Remember those? HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING?!
Pippin is quiet for a while during the ride. He hears snippets of Gandalf singing and humming to himself, and asks what that’s all about. Gandalf responds that he is refreshing his memory of some historical events, primarily concerning the seeing-stones. He explains to Pippin that they were once made by elves long, long ago, and are beyond the power even of him or Saruman. Long forgotten except to a few men who retained bits of memory, Sauron was able to turn some to his evil uses. This must have been how Saruman was corrupted. He never told the Council about his palantír, and has since paid the price.
-the Rhymes of Lore: In a society where books aren’t as easily accessible, songs and poems have been remembered to pass down knowledge. How very Greek.
-the Noldor: Ancient elves who lived in Valinor. Counted as the best craftsmen, they were the second clan of elves to awaken into the world.
Interestingly, “Noldor” is spelled as such in the text, but I most commonly see it around other sources as “Ñoldor”. I’ve never been sure how to pronounce that, and I’m going to stick with the spelling that it looks like the original Lord of the Rings uses.
But…wait. What’s this? A song! We haven’t had one of those since like November!
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
Of the many songs Gandalf seems to be going through, this is the only one we see lyrics to, as it is the only one that Pippin can understand.
“Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.”
With the debut of my new mandolin, I present:
(Carry On – Fun.)
SoundCloud? What did you do? Your new website design is horrifically slow. Please try again.
Anyway, I got a mandolin! That’s fun. I’ve been holding out for the next song to come up to use it to record, but that was a really long break in between there!
Wow…this experience with the new SoundCloud is really bumming me out right now. I’m forgetting what I wanted to say.
Ah! Pippin does mention that hobbits may have some recollection of these Rhymes of Lore. They’re not much for history, but apparently some things do get passed down. However, he says Gandalf wouldn’t be much interested in the hobbit lore.
Um…has he met Gandalf?
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Every word needs a strange plural form ending in “i”.
“‘What did the Men of old use them for?’ asked Pippin, delighted…”